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The Album

by Federation
     
 

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During the early to mid-2000s, rap producer Rick Rock rose in stature quite a bit, to the point where Virgin Records gave him the go-ahead to record an album with a group of his own, Federation. The album is first and foremost a showcase for his productions, which are quite distinct as far as rap productions go. He doesn't have a production

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During the early to mid-2000s, rap producer Rick Rock rose in stature quite a bit, to the point where Virgin Records gave him the go-ahead to record an album with a group of his own, Federation. The album is first and foremost a showcase for his productions, which are quite distinct as far as rap productions go. He doesn't have a production style that is as distinct as that of, say, Timbaland, Kanye West, Dr. Dre, Lil Jon, DJ Premier, or the Neptunes, but his style is nonetheless engaging in and of itself and much more varied than that of those producers, all of whom could be accused of turning out generic, if awesome, beats. Not so with Rick. There's nothing generic about his beats. Every track here on his Federation debut, The Album, is unique. For instance, as you make your way through your first listen of the album, you'll most likely find yourself curious to hear what sort of beat Rick comes up with next. And with its 18 tracks, The Album has plenty of variety. There's more to the album than just beat-making, though. Federation are a lively bunch, and they trade off verses on each track, often teaming up for the hooks. They're a hostile, crazy posse -- sort of like a West Coast Onyx or a less charismatic, small-scale Wu-Tang. There's no other West Coast rap group quite like them that comes easily to mind. They're from California, but they're as crunk as anyone in the South and as lyrical as anyone in New York. They're gifted rappers, for sure, but not reason enough to pick up this album. Nor should you pick up the album if you're looking for some standout hits. This isn't a pop album. Sure, some tracks stand out, chiefly the E-40 feature, "Hyphy," as well as a few especially clubby tracks like "Go Dumb" and "Go to Work." But there's nothing here that's gonna storm up the charts. If you're gonna go out of your way to pick up The Album, do it for Rick's productions. That's the real draw here -- genius beat-making. [Virgin also released an edited edition with censored moments of profanity.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724359126821
catalogNumber:
91268

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Federation   Primary Artist
Michael Denten   Background Vocals
Femi Ojetunde   Guitar
Next Level   Vocals
Doris Brooks   Vocals
Dorado Red   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Joe Jackson   Engineer
Michael Denten   Engineer
Darryl McDaniels   Composer
E. Stevens   Composer
Prince Rahiem   Composer
Rob Thomas   Composer
T.J. Jackson   Composer
Brain   Art Direction
Rick Rock   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Big Jon Platt   Executive Producer
J.K. Simmons   Composer
C.C. Mitchell   Composer
Dustin "Nump" Perfetto   Engineer

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